ONE of Australia’s most dynamic and successful networking organisations for young professionals – the Melbourne-based Young Australia–Israel Chamber of Commerce (Young AICC) – has launched the 2023 chapter of its flagship in-person mentoring program, and registrations open this Monday.
The program, which consists of four monthly sessions commencing on April 3, is most suited to undergraduate university students in the penultimate year of their course, or recent graduates in their first year of professional work.
Young AICC committee members Tamara Ungar and Nitay Bar Haim said a unique aspect of the program is it matches each participant with three mentors, including a university student, a young professional, and a senior executive.
“This model really provides an opportunity for participants to work on different parts of themselves, and their professional journeys up the business leadership elevator,” Ungar said.
An exciting new element of the Young AICC Mentoring Program is a women’s stream, in addition to a generalist stream, and an industry-specific stream.
One indicator of the program’s success is a former mentee has become CEO of an organisation, at the age of 25.
Ungar said another advantage of the program is that “with the AICC being the overarching organisation, it means that we can dip into its mentorship base, which consists of highly proficient professionals”.
“And our program participants can get access to AICC boardroom lunches, panel discussions, and delegations to Israel, which are all pretty cool.”
“Overall, I think young people are more engaged and driven than ever before, and they want to make positive change, and have an individual imprint in whatever they’re doing, whether that’s in their industry, or in volunteering.”
“This upcoming generation is definitely going to follow on from previous generations of Jewish changemakers.”
In Sydney, the AICC’s NSW branch runs the Young Business Forum (YBF), which is similar to Young AICC.
While it doesn’t currently offer a mentoring program for young adults, it has started running regular events for young professionals to learn, network and expand their business opportunities.
YBF events are complimentary for AICC members, and feature accomplished industry experts speaking on a range of topics.
The YBF comprises individuals aged 20-35 from diverse industry sectors and multicultural backgrounds, who want to access networking and development opportunities at an early stage in their careers.
Members include young employees in law, finance, accountancy, recruitment, sales and marketing and IT, as well as young entrepreneurs owning their own businesses.
To register to be part of the Sydney-based Young Business Forum, go to aiccnsw.org.au/membership/ybf or phone (02) 8047 8584 for further details.
For more information about the Melbourne-based Young AICC mentoring program, visit yaicc.org.au/mentoring